13 Little Blue Envelopes Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Ginny enclose in her letter?

2. To whom does Ginny give money?

3. What does Ginny notice about what she follows?

4. What does Ginny follow?

5. Why does Ginny go to Covent Gardens?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Ginny's first "assignment"?

2. What is strange about the package and what's in the package?

3. What is Ginny's experience the second night of Keith's show, and what does he do?

4. Where does Ginny go at the Coliseum, what does she do and what does the letter she opens there say?

5. How does Ginny feel at the door to the pub and what does Keith tell her?

6. What does Richard say when asked what he sold the Queen?

7. Where does Ginny go and what does she get there?

8. What is the first thing Ginny sees in Edinburgh and what does Keith say about her going alone? Where does the person she is going to see live?

9. What do Keith and Ginny do at the house in Edinburgh and what is Ginny told as she is leaving?

10. What do Ginny and Keith discuss over a beer and coke?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ginny is astounded that even from the grave Peg seemed able to give Ginny exactly what she needs most. She had always been good at that in the past, calling intuitively when Ginny needed her. Mari tells Ginny that she was sorry to hear about her Aunt's passing, and claims that Peg felt terrible about leaving Ginny behind. Ginny spends most of the train ride back to London explaining everything to Keith after which he tells her he doesn't like what Peg did to her. Ginny defends her. When they are almost home, he pulls out a small Godzilla that he stole from Mari's and Ginny gets angry. When he sees she doesn't want it, he tosses it on the tracks in the tube station, making Ginny even more angry. Unable to understand why she is so upset, he tells her he'll take the bus and disappears into the crowd before Ginny can say anything else.

1. Discuss, in depth, what you think about Peg's character that Ginny would think Peg could predict Ginny so well. Use examples from your own life and "13 Little Blue Envelopes" to support your answer.

2. Mara says that Peg felt terrible about leaving Ginny, and yet, Peg never contacted Ginny about her illness. Discuss what you think is the reason for this. Use examples from your own life and "13 Little Blue Envelopes" to support your answer.

3. Why do you think Ginny was angry at Keith and why do you think Keith became angry at Ginny's anger? Use examples from your own life and the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as "13 Little Blue Envelopes" help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading "13 Little Blue Envelopes"? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in the book to discuss, and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in "13 Little Blue Envelopes".

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of "13 Little Blue Envelopes". How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of the story. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

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